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tonight on "world news," terror takedown. a u.s. soldier arrested in texas with an arsenal of guns an explosives. allegedly planning an attack on an army base, foiled by a former cop with a hunch. secret plan. the white house scrambles to create a financial survival kit for the nation, as the debt ceiling deadline approaches and the wrangling rachets up. too much tylenol? major changes tonight for anyone who takes the best-receiving pain reliever. the important new information about how much you should take. and golden achiever. we'll tell you the story of a scruffy dog who made an unauthorized run in a marathon and won much more than the race.
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good evening. a u.s. soldier is behind bars tonight for plotting a massive attack on troops at a sprawling army base in texas. police t tl abc news the suspect is 21-year-old private naser abdo, a muslim raised in texas, already facing court martial. his plan included multiple bombs and a shooting rampage near ft. hood, the sight of that massacre two years ago. and it was all this warted by a retired cop p at worked in a gunshot. abc's ryan owens is inside that gun shop tonight. ryan? >> reporter: good evening to you, diane. police believe the attack was actually supposed to happen today. as you said, it was this warted when this young soldier came all the way here to texas, he was based in ft. campbell, kentucky,
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and stopped at this gun store. the clerk here had a feeling he might be up to no good. investigators say this young soldier has been battling the army almost since he joined it. >> i don't want to deploy because i believe i can't both deploy and be a muslim. >> reporter: 21-year-old naser abdo didn't want to fight in afghanistan but sources say he was more than willing to cause bloodshed at home. after being arrested, he told officers he wanted to "get even" with the military and chose ft. hood because of the 2009 attack here, where major nidal hassan allegedly killed 13 and wounded 30. he told them to set off two bombs then shoot any survivirs. police say the attack was imminent. >> we would probably be here today giving you a different briefs had he not been stopd. >> reporter: gg ebert is the man who stopped him. a former marine and police
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officer who works at this killeen gun store. he got suspicious when abdo arrived in a cab on tuesday, then bought six pounds of gun powder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition, and a magazine for a semiautomatic pistol. he paid $250 in cash. >> when someone comes into a business like this and doesn't know what he's buying, i'd be concerned about that. and was. i'm not bashful at all to point a finger and say, there's something wrong with this guy. >> reporter: concerned enough to call police. >> i thought he was a little bit aloof. >> reporter: who, the next day, searched the soldier's room at this local hotel. >> i'm only pleased that an inbalanced individual is not out where he can do harm to the public. >> reporter: inside that soldier's hotel room, they not only found the ammunition he purchased here, but a pistol, as well as the components needed to make two bombs.
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diane? >> ryan, talk about see something, say something. that was inn force. thank you. i want to bring in our senior justice correspondent pierre thomas. any evidence of a wer plot, anybody else involved? >> reporter: diane, so far, there's no evidence of a wider plot. police are dissecting his life. but they want to know more details so they continue to work tonight. this appears to be a classic lone wolf case. we're told that naser had been under investigation for months when he was overheard making radical statements. military officials looked at his background and came across child pornography on his computer. he's facing those charges, and didippeared on the fourth of july. in addition to the explosives in that hotel, police discovered jihadist it wiliterature. as the investigations, the fbi wants to know, did he become a ticking timeme bomb on his own did someone encourage him? he was known to m mtion the name of anwar al awlaki, but police
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have established no firm ties. >> no firm ties. did he have materials from awlaki? >> reporter: again, our information is that he was known to throw around the name. that's one of the reasons officials became concerned. >> all right, pierre, who will continue to work this story, make his phone calls through the night. thank you, pierre thomas. and, we turn now to the big crisis for america's economy, the debt debt line, just days away. we have been tracking the developments hour by hour and tonight, at last, some news on one of the plans. abc's jon karl is on capitol hill with that. jon? >> reporter: diane, there is some real drama going on right now here in the house. they were supposed to be voting on john boehner's deabt ceiling bill. that is delayed. john boehner's office is right down there, and he is down there trying to get the votes he needs to pasasthis bill. he's not there yet. this is the bill that could increase the debt ceiling by about $900 billion, only about six months worth.
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democrats don't like that, because it would force the president to come back and go through this all over again. but what boehner is finding is that a lot of those tea party republicans don't want to vote for this. he has put his speakership on the line, saying that he cannot lead if they don't support him. so, the question now is, diane, will he get the votes to pass the republican plan? >> can he get his republicans in line? jon karl, standing by, watching it all. and, of course, while they battle it out on the hill, on capitol hill, there is a secret scramble behind the scenes at the white house to come up with a financial, if you will, doomsday plan, as the deadline passes with no deal in place. and abc's jake tapper is at the white house tonight with t tse down to the wire decisions. tell us about them, jake. >> reporter: well, diane, even if house republicans pass that bill, senate democrats have said it's dead on arrival, so it's unclear that the debt creeiling will be raised tuesday. so, the white house is preparing for a worst case scenario.
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is the white house is preparing for ththworst case scenario, a doomsday scenario. next door to the white house, , the third floor conference room at the treasury department, secretary tim geithner and a dozen others have been planning for doomsday. for months preparing for a world where congress has told the federal government to pay bills, but as of next tuesday has not given them a way to pay them. >> what happens then is that we no longer have the ability to borrow money. >> reporter: tax revenue will continue to flow into the trizry, but not nearly enough. $178 billion in august to cover $308 billion in bills. so, tough choices will have to be made. who gets paid? who does not? abc news has learned a top priority will be paying the interest on the existing debt. that's at least $38 billion this month, so the u.s. government does not default. per hatches causing markets to plummet. that leaves the government roughly $140 billion to pay for such critical items such as medicare, medicaid, payments to u.s. troops. $130 billion short.
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>> that has to be paid. no yes. you have to make the mortgage payment. everything else, you have 50 crepts to pay a dollar worth of bills. >> reporter: jerome powell has been explaining to members of congress what this scenario might mean. >> if you decide, for example, to make all the safety net payments, we're going to stand up for the elderly, the sick, the popo and the disabled, we're going to make all those payments, what's left unpaid is the entire defense department. not a dollar. active duty mill pair pay, not a dollar. >> reporter: and diane, a lot of people on wall street, of course, around the country, are nervous about this. 20 officials of the biggest banks will have an opportunity to talk to treasury department officials tomorrow when they meet at the federal reserve bank in new york. diane? >> again, another day passes. thank you, jake tapper at the white house. and now, we move on to a blustery but welcome visitor to texas. a big tropical storm named don. the lone star state is in the tloeps of a historic drought and
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cannot wait for don to arrive the storm is moving through the gulf of mexico, expected to reach southeast texas late tomorrow or saturday with plenty of rain, but not expected to become a hurricane. and abc's matt gutman is in victoria, texas, tonight. item us about it, matt. >> reporter: hey, diane. this storm and the rain it will bring couldn't come at a better time here. normally, these soy beans would be chest high. instead, the cracks in the soil here are about waist deep. 30 inches down. now, this entire state, almost every inch of it, locked in devastating drought. grasshoppers are swarming here, huge flumes of them. the rain helps check their populati population. this mountain lion, parched with thirst, was caught looking for water in a downtown el paso car wash. the storm is forecast to dump about three inches of rain here. texas needs at least a foot of
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rain to get back to normal. so, this not going to be a drought buster, diane, but it is a good start. >> it will help. thank you, matt gutman, in texas tonight. and now, the race to bring help to the people suffering in the biggest humanitarian disaster now on earth. abc news was the first american network on the scene in africa, where more than 11 million people are going hungry in ethiopia, somalia, kenya. and the head of the world food program says this famine could claim an entire generation in that part of the world. last night, we told you about the 100-mile trek parents are making to get food for their children. and tonight, abc's david muir is the only american anchor on the scene. he traveled with some of those families on the harrowing last ten miles. david? >> reporter: diane, good evening and this is it. the final ten miles on that stretch, the long, painful journey from somalia here to the
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refugee camps in kenya. so many families have left loved ones behind on this route. they were simply too weak to make it. mothers carrying children facing bandits and blistering heat. and they have all done this because there is no food where they come form. our trip along a perilous and now well worn route. traveled before us by tens of thousands -- on foot -- desperate for food. a desolate, scorched landscape, bandits and wild animals in hilding. a scattering of families, pulling their belongings. the animal carcasses, so many families livelihoods lost on the way. and then we see her. a mother sitting beneath a tree. she's almost there. she's been walking for days. how was her journey? "ten days," she items us. these are all her belongings from somalisomalia? "yes," she answers. her own children have run ahead. to the tents that now pepper the horizon. the first sign of life in the distance. and we approach, the first ones to geet us -- the children and
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those smiles, racing to keep up with us. you can really see they have sprouted up tent steps here as far as the eye can see. these are all families waiting to get into the referee gee camps. the refugees are now spilling out into the desert. and the doctors are now coming to them. >> this is an msf ambulance. >> reporter: this is an ambulance? >> ambulance. >> reporter: he takes us inside. a crush of families. mothers putting their children in a sort of hanging bucket to weigh them. and they're noticing something here. the hunger goes beyond babies and toddlers. it's the older children, too. when you see the malnutritions in 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds, that's a sign how deep the famine is, right? >> yes, how deep the problem is. it's like sign of starvation. >> reporter: they say if they can just get them the knew treats they need, you'll ceci what we did outside.
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we tried to capture the moment. they were off. and inside this maternity ward, another mother, just finished one trying journey. hello? she now sits with her newborn she delivered herself along that road. she gave birth to her baby on the way? >> she delivered on the way coming from somalia. >> reporter: she was walking? >> yes. >> reporter: can i see your baby? a beautiful baby girl. and when i asked how did she do it, she says there were other mothers who saw her and helped. they made that long walk, too. that mother and her newborn at the refugee camp tonight. and there are likely thousands more still coming behind them. the mothers tell us they make this journey not only to find food, but a future for their children. diane? >> well, david, i know you and all of us at abc news want to thank you, our viewers, for the incredible outpouring last night. so many of you went online to donate money to organizations like doctors without borders, awaiting all thoels who are
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why the change? fears of dangerous overdoses. the key ingredient in tylenol is acetaminophen, but it is also an ingredient in over 600 medications you might be taking. in some cases, people are mixing these medications and unknowingly overdosing. >> it can kill people when used in large doses. so, trying to reduce the doses people use is very wise. >> reporter: asecetaminophen overdose is the leading cause of liver failure in the u.s., sending 56,000 americans to the hospital each year. about 450 die as a direct result. this woman took tylenol several times a day for a decade for relief from migraines, saying she always kept t tthe recomm d recommended dose. her liver suddenly failed. >> the medication, which made me feel better and take awayy headaches or any other pains, could make me so sick. it just didn't make sense to me. >> reporter: johnson & johnson
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made the call today on its own to try to protect consumers. so, beginning this fall, look for the extra strength tylenol packages recommending you take less. and starting in january, regular tylenol will, as well. doctors say people looking to control the pain should heed the advice now. six extra strength tylenol a day, not eight. andrea canning, abc news, los angeles. and coming up, a brigade of kites. how these children are breaking records. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day
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today new jersey's turbo charged governor chris christie was taken to the hospital, and he said he had trouble breathing. he suffers from asthma. he uses an inhaler every morning. but doctors did rule out a heart attack. the governor has long expressed bold pride in his weight, though he did trim down recently because he said his kids were worried about his health. he's now been released. and last night we told you here that alex trebek explained that he ended up on crutches after chasing a burglar from his hotel room. we have an update for you now. the host will have surgery on his achilles tendon tomorrow. and it is a stretch of dedert more commonly associated with turmoil, not toppling world records, but today gh gaza, 15,000 children joined forces to set a new world record for the most kiflts ever to swarm the
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and finally tonight, he was a dog no one wanted. scruffy, scrappy, and it turns out, born to run. when dozer crashed into a local charity marathon, bolting out of his yard, he won a v vtory far bigger than those two hours and his four legs. abc's john donvan explains. >> reporter: start at the ending, the finish line -- a half marathon in maryland. so, why the dog? >> well done. well done! >> reporter: morntly, why give the dog a medal? we'll here's the beginning, then. dozer the goldendoodle, back in
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2008, when his new human went to take him home, that would be rosana with the stick. all his brothers and sisters were left. >> the dog no one wanted. >> reporter: which made dozer kind of an underdog. but then -- fast forward three years, the sunday morning of the maryland half marathon. 2,000 runners, 13 plus miles, pounding down the road for cancer research. sand when they passed dozer's house, he somehow slipped past the virtual fence meant to keep him inside and joined the runners, caught up in the current, there he was. still later, there. out of place, but keeping out, without gatorade or power bars. and this was it. somebody videotaped the moment. two hours and 14 minutes. and so, he was already famous by the time he wandered back home next morning, to the r rief of an obviously worried rosana. the medal was from the green
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mountain cancer center suddenly, he was bringing in contributions. and with his own facebook page and close to 2500 fans, he's raised $17,000, surpassing any of the human runners. and you know what that makes dozer the golden doodle, one-time underdog? it makes him poster dog and puts him a lot closer to the front of the pack. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> run, dozer, run. and we thank you foror watching. we're always on at abc we'll see you tomorrow.
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